Shivaji University, established in 1962, is named after the Great Maratha Warrior & founder of the Maratha empire Chhatrapati Shivaji. It was inaugurated on 18th November, 1962 by Dr. Radhakrishnan, then President of India. One of the major objectives behind foundation of this University was to cater to the regional needs of South Maharashtra. The jurisdiction of the University is spread over 3 districts viz. Kolhapur, Sangli & Satara with strength of about 3,00,000 students studying in 271 affiliated colleges & recognised institutes. This region of Maharashtra boasts of rich & varied socio cultural heritage. Under the innovative & socially reformist leadership of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, the princely ruler of Kolhapur, the city had become at the beginning of this century, a focal point of educational opportunities for all classes & communities of South Western Maharashtra & northern parts of neighbouring Karnataka. This is also land of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil, who struggled for taking education to the masses by his innovative 'Earn & Learn' scheme. When the University was founded by the Shivaji University Act of 1962, the objectives set before the University included making opportunities of higher education accessible to rural youth, conducting fundamental & applied research in the field of science & humanities to ensure regional growth & development. In 1962 the University started functioning with 34 affiliated colleges & about 14,000 students with 5 Post Graduate Departments on the campus. Today the number of affiliated colleges has gone up to 280 & students strength up to 3,00,000 with 34 Post Graduate Departments on campus. The University imparts education in 10 major faculties of Arts, Social Science, Science, Commerce, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Engineering & Technology.
During initial 2 decades the efforts were concentrated on expansion of higher education & foundation of new colleges in different parts in the 4 districts under its jurisdiction. The University consolidated its base in this phase by 'taking education to the people'. The decade of 1980s saw a major expansion, especially the growth of professional faculties like Engineering, Education, Management & Medicine. The recent phase of the University can be termed as "a pursuit of academic excellence". Since last 4 to 5 years, several attempts are being made to overcome the image of University as a regional University. Several steps have been taken to raise the standards of teaching & research so as to measure up to global standards. This is being achieved by exploring new areas of higher learning & research in rapidly emerging fields like Industrial Chemistry, Space Science, Environmental Science, Bio - Chemistry, Sericulture, Polymer Chemistry & Computer Science, in addition to basic science disciplines. The University Department of Physics has been recently identified by UGC for its Special Assistance Programme & recognised as Department of Research Support. New research areas in these departments are Super conductors Energy, Bio - Diversity & Bio - Technology.
Vision: It is committed to meet the Educational, Social, Cultural & Economic needs of the region & the nation to create a just & Human Society.
Mission: We are dedicated to promote & foster a culture of high quality teaching & learning & to serve societal needs by encouraging, generating & promotion excellence in research & extension activities.